I've been getting a lot of crap from people for not blogging lately. The semester went mostly smoothly and Tina was an awesome critic. Honestly I really don't have much to say. It was good, I learned a lot, I produced more than usual, and made a building that I actually like. I think I gave up a little conceptual-ness for reality, but that was ok for me. I really wanted just a complete building this time, so it was ok. I came up with a lot of cool ideas that I think can come back in the future, but were really difficult to impliment on the scale of this project. Our site was a 7500 sf triangle at Lincoln Center. So it was a tough site. In short we had to choose part of the UN and make a project about it on one of three sites in NYC. I chose to make a stem cell research lab/dormitory/museum-education space. So here are some pictures.
I heart Rhino _make2d. 15 minutes in Rhino, CAD and AI makes a kickass little drawing.
I also love VRay. This is looking down through the multi-story space. Check out the sweet iMacs that I modeled. Took about 10 minutes and I really like the result of having modeled furniture. The chairs etc are from Steelcase.com.
Night view though the skin with the glowing.
Public space viewing the offices and lounges.
The only thing that is really chapping my ass is the ridiculous, continuous use of the words 'complexity' and 'emergence' at Penn. It's like the use of 'XTREME' a few years ago to describe everything from sports to deodorant to GI Joe. Last year, I took a class called Technical Case Studies. This year it's called Technical Case Studies in Emergent Technology. Now there is no problem with that title other than the fact that EVERYTHING else in the damn school is emergent. I got something emergent for ya...it's called bullshit. Ooh, it's also non-linear if you want some of that. Kinda a weird blob! Or like I mentioned a few months ago, History-Theory III is now Architectures of Complexity. Disaster Complexity +. I get it already.
Have a Merry Complex Christmas and and Emergent New Year!